New Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi admits that while the team have likely gotten the most out of their current car, he believes they are hard at work building the "best ever car" for the 2022 F1 season.
The French outfit didn't have the best of times in Bahrain, with Fernando Alonso forced to retire after a sandwich wrapper got stuck inside his rear brake duct, while Esteban Ocon finished a lap down in 13th.
Rossi believes that the team won't get much more out of the A521, which is why he's hoping the team will leave their mark in 2022 when F1 ushers in sweeping new regulations.
“What we want to do is carry on building on what we’ve done," Rossi told Formula1.com. "We know we’ve more or less reached the end of this car anyway.
"So [we will] extract as much as we can out of this car, use this to fine tune the operations’ organisation and in the meantime make sure we build the best ever car for the next regulation era.”